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in the world in the united states of america. that is something that has to be different. one other point about newtown. dylan shockley was 6 years old. he was a special-education student. his parents issued a statement. we take great solace that dylan died in the loving arms of his favorite teacher, a special- education teacher, anne marie murphy. 52, mother of four. the teachers of that school, the principal, psychologist, the teacher that by protecting their children, saving their children, comforting their children, those that survived, they are true heroes. they have not received the recognition that they deserve. i would point out, everyone of them is a public schoolteacher. a group that has been condemned, vilified, and denigrated by all sorts of people. >> i do wonder about this nexus we are making between mental illness and violence. we have had a number of gun -- violence where people were killed with fire arms, in prince george's county, too. are you suggesting that everyone who pulls a trigger is mentally ill? is that the suggestion? >> no. >> in mass killings, you look at jared lou
more attention after the mass murderer in newtown, these kind of killings are certainly not rare. in the first week following sandy hook elementary, there were 100 deadly shootings across the united states, as "the huffington post" reported and the total number of shooting deaths runs higher. every week 600 people die from gun violence according to statistics from the brady campaign. will the new concern about sandy hook draw new attention to this old and enduring problem? progress is the way we talk about this debate. here's new york mayor cory booker on sunday. >> what frustrates me about this debate is it's a false debate, this is a false debate. this is a convenient tip to try to split our country more. most agree to stop the carnage going on in cities all across america. >> booker's premise is there is a consensus on gun regulations but the nra has artificially frozen that debate. other reformers say for a real breakthrough, supporters of gun regulation need a clear political enemy to organize against. nick confessore, i'm going to you, nra has money and members and we talke
, good afternoon, everyone. the entire congress is united and condemning the violence in newtown, and on the need to enforce our laws. as we continue to learn the facts, congress will examine whether there is an appropriate and constitutional response that would better protect our citizens. with regard to the year end tax issue, i would remind everyone that in the summer of 2010 senator schumer said, quote, first i don't know a single one of my colleagues who wouldn't prefer to do tax breaks for people up to $1 million. it's my understanding that that is essentially the proposal that the house of representatives is likely to send over to us later in the week. >> well, i think the other thing that's getting lost in the whole debate about the fiscal cliff is where are the savings, where are the spending cuts. the president has talked about a balanced plan, but as they've tried to negotiate with speaker boehner and the house leadership, it continues to focus on one issue and that is how much are we going to raise taxes on small businesses which is, as we said before, a terrible idea
't know what to say, it was screaming. >> reporter: the residents, just like the residents of newtown were besieged with media. to this day we found reserved scottish reticent to speak. the one public way the parents are working through the grief to push now what is a major topic in the united states, gun control. petitions and grassroots advocacy leading to laws banning almost all handgun use in the u.k., once again the father. >> they asked me my views on anything like that. the boys were six or seven, he had a gun. >> reporter: other things we heard, recommit yourself to family, to religion and get back into a routine as soon as possible. their advocacy led to changes in school safety as well and child supervision. we also heard from the father, bill you never, never forget the tragedy and in the words of that father, she never leaves my head. back to you. bill: thank you, greg. greg palkot looking back as we look forward. martha: on that note we are waiting to hear now from president obama on a new effort to come up with legislation in the wake of the newtown massacre. so what is on th
iota of the courage those teachers, that principal in newtown summoned on friday -- if cooperation and common sense prevail -- then i'm convinced we can make a sensible, intelligent way to make the united states of america a safer, stronger place for our children to learn and to grow. thank you. and now i'm going to let the vice president go and i'm going to take a few questions. and i will start with ben feller. >> thank you, mr. president. i'd like to ask you about the other serious issue consuming this town right now, the fiscal cliff. >> right. >> haven't you betrayed some of the voters who supported you in the election by changing your positions on who should get a tax increase and by including social security benefits now in this mix? and more broadly, there seems to be a deepening sense that negotiations aren't going very well right now. can you give us a candid update? are we likely to go over the cliff? >> well, first of all, there's no reason why we should. remember what i said during the campaign. i thought that it was important for us to reduce our deficit in a balanced
, enough is enough. we heard from chris murphy, senator-elect and the current represent from newtown talking about the community and how they have responded in this small town as the president of the united states said it has been inspirational in terms of how they have dealt with this tragedy from everything from the first responders arriving on the scene to the teachers and administrators and the way they executed the plan that saved lives and who put themselves in the way of the assassin to save the lives of children. we are resolved in our caucus that the time to act is now and that we know taking no action is to be complicit to a future event. we announce today that we will have a task force that will serve to coordinate all of our efforts. we know that this is a comprehensive issue. we know that it is not just restrictions that need to be placed on guns but also the issues of mental illness, the culture of violence, and youth violence specifically. members of our caucus from carolyn mccarthy to grace napolitano to bobby scott and countless others who have been working on these
ownership in our area was important in the aftermath of the newtown shootings. >>> starbucks, our very own starbucks, is urging washington to come together. this ad running in today's "washington post" and tomorrow's "new york times" highlights starbucks' new initiative, calling on elected officials to unite on the solution to the fiscal cliff. employees in the washington area starbucks will write the message on customers' cups, urging leadership from congress. aol is also joining the effort by sharing the come together message across its network of hyperlocal websites called patch. you know, this is really a terrific thing. it's a lot of extra work for the employees in all the starbucks, but it's a terrific thing just to remind people -- not that they need reminding -- that we are represented by incompetence in washington. >> it's true. it's very howard schultz, the ceo, who has used his platform of one of the largest companies in the world to push a message or do what's good for the greater good. a couple years ago during the jobs crisis, if you remember, he did a program where you could
in newtown which i am very respectful of. i think today is one of sadness and i hope to honor the memory of those victims by what we do in the united states congress because they, as much as anyone in this country, their families and loved ones and friends are calling for action. >> can you maim any g.o.p. members besides scott brown who have come forward to support any kind of gun control? >> not at this time. but i haven't had the opportunity to talk with any of them yet. >> you mentioned president clinton called you. i'm wondering if you can elaborate more on what he said and what if anything you've asked him to do in this process? >> he was talking about the battle back in 1993 with the bill that interestingingly enough was introduced and passed in 1993 and went into effect in 1994. of course he was president and the white house came alive and was very, very helpful in enabling the passage soft that bill bath in the senate and in the house. and so to have him part of the team again is really quite special for us. >> [inaudible] >> there is not unanimous consent agreement. i talked wi
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